Bachelor of Arts, Major in Anthropology


The goal of the Bachelor of Arts Major in Anthropology Program at KPU is to prepare students for life, work, and research in diverse local and global communities. At KPU we offer two streams of study: Archaeology-Biological and Social-Cultural. The Archaeology-Biological stream has a unique component in that our current anthropology field school involves direct interaction at a high level with indigenous communities and Anthropology professionals, and has been endorsed by the British Columbia Association of Professional Archaeologists, the first such endorsement in Canada. The Social-Cultural stream prepares students for a knowledge- and information-based economy in a world that is increasingly globally interconnected. Learning in this area of our field is conducted through a high degree of community service work involving brokering between divergent stakeholders. The emphasis of Anthropologists at KPU is the applied aspect of our profession. Our teaching is realized through hands-on activities, lab work, and community events whose experience has the ultimate goal of understanding any aspect of humans and their activities.

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Admission Requirements

Students pursuing a major in Anthropology must be admitted to the Faculty of Arts.

Declaration Requirements

Students intending to graduate with this Faculty of Arts Bachelor’s degree must declare the credential by the time they complete 60 credits of undergraduate coursework. At the time of declaration, the student must satisfy all of the following requirements:

  • In good academic standing with the University
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 credits of undergraduate coursework, including the following with a minimum grade of “C”:
    • 3 credits of ENGL at the 1100 level or higher
    • 6 credits at the 1100 level or higher in the Major area

Curricular Requirements

Students are projected to complete the BA in Anthropology major in four years, with a total of 48 credits in Anthropology. This requirement will include 9 first-year and 9 second-year credits in foundational courses, then 21 third-year and 9 fourth-year credits in advanced methods, theory, ethics, topical, and applied courses. Anthropology students at KPU will be able to focus on one or more streams within the discipline: archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology.

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree must complete all requirements in the Bachelor of Arts framework in addition to their major or minor program requirements.

Anthropology Major

1000 Level
ANTH 1100Social & Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 1200Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 1300Archaeology3
Forensic Anthropology 1
Methods Courses
Select one of the following:3
Ethnographic Research Methods and Ethics
Forensic Methods & Analysis
Archaeological Methods
Archaeological Methods for Cultural Resource Management
2000 Level
Additional courses in ANTH at the 2000 level6
3000 Level
Theory Courses
Select one of the following:3
Anthropological Theory
East Asian Archaeology
Additional courses in ANTH at the 3000 level 218
4000 Level
Additional courses in ANTH at the 4000 level9
Total Credits48

ANTH 1217 is the pre-requisite for ANTH 2217ANTH 3220, and other upper-level courses. Completion of the courses listed above with a minimum grade of 'C' will fulfill prerequisites for 2000-level Anthropology courses.


ANTH 3301ANTH 3340, and ANTH 3361 are sometimes offered simultaneously in Summer Term as a field school option for upper-level students. Check with the department for dates.

Anthropology Major with a Cultural Anthropology Focus

For an Anthropology Major with a focus on cultural anthropology, students are advised to choose from the following course offerings:

ANTH 2100Ethnographic Research Methods and Ethics3
ANTH 2120Cross-Cultural Women’s and Gender Studies3
ANTH 2133Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft3
ANTH 2142Indigenous Peoples in Canada3
ANTH 2160Culture and the Environment3
ANTH 2163Medical Anthropology3
ANTH 2190Non-Governmental Organizations in Context3
ANTH 2310Archaeology of Death3
ANTH 3100Anthropological Theory3
ANTH 3150Ethnographic Field Studies6
ANTH 3160Environmental Activism3
ANTH 3190Non-Governmental Organizations in Practice3
ANTH 3501Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 4101Advanced Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 4500Culture, Community, & Well-Being3
ANTH 4501Selected Problems in Anthropology3
ANTH 4502Regional Focus in Anthropology3

Anthropology Major with an Archaeology & Biological Anthropology Focus

For an Anthropology Major with a focus on archaeology and biological anthropology, students are advised to choose from the following course offerings:

ANTH 2217Forensic Methods & Analysis3
ANTH 2300Archaeological Methods3
ANTH 2310Archaeology of Death3
ANTH 2320Archaeology of Africa, Asia and Europe3
ANTH 2340Archaeology of the Americas3
ANTH 3211Forensic Science: Fact and Fiction3
ANTH 3220Human Osteology3
ANTH 3242A Survey of the Primates3
ANTH 3300Archaeological Theory3
ANTH 3301Archaeological Methods for Cultural Resource Management3
ANTH 3330East Asian Archaeology3
ANTH 3340British Columbia Archaeology3
ANTH 3361Archaeological Field Studies6
ANTH 3502Special Topics in Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 3503Special Topics in Archaeology3
ANTH 3510Anthropology of Genocide3
ANTH 4500Culture, Community, & Well-Being3
ANTH 4501Selected Problems in Anthropology3
ANTH 4502Regional Focus in Anthropology3
ANTH 4510Applied Bioarchaeology Research3

Credential Awarded

Upon successful completion of the major program students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Arts. Transcripts will indicate a Major in Anthropology.

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